Technical writing course

Eric Johnson (
Tue, 18 Jul 1995 09:07:15 -0500 (CDT)

Technical Report Writing

to be taught via Internet

The College of Liberal Arts at Dakota State University is
proud to announce a series of courses to be taught via Internet.
One of the first courses is ENGL 405: Technical Report Writing.

Designed for working professionals in science and technology,
ENGL 405 will teach the principles and rhetorical strategies of
technical writing. Participants will earn three semester hours of
university credit.

Class assignments and discussions will take the form of
asynchronous email. Although the class projects will have assigned
due dates, students can "attend" class at their leisure, from their
workplaces or their homes.

Minimum requirements include a computer (either DOS/Windows or
Macintosh), a modem (for file transfers and communication), access
to Internet, and a working knowledge of each of these. Because
formatting and graphics are essential parts of much technical
writing, students should have access to a word processor which
allows integrated text formatting and graphics.

Technical Report Writing will be taught by Dr. John Laflin,
Professor of English at Dakota State University. He holds a Ph.D.
degree in English from Purdue University, and he is currently the
Managing Editor of _TEXT Technology: The Journal of Computer Text

The textbook for the course is _Reporting Technical
Information_ by Houp and Pearsall, 8th edition. Students may
purchase the textbook at any location convenient to them or from
the Dakota State University -- for information about books or book
orders, send email to

For information about enrolling in ENGL 405, Technical Report
Writing, contact Dakota State University:

by email:
by fax: 605-256-5020
by phone: 605-256-5145
by letter: Office of Records
Dakota State University
Madison, SD 57042 USA

Please forward this message to any others you think may be
interested in enrolling in the course via Internet.

-- Eric Johnson
Dean, College of Liberal Arts